May 27 / 15.30 Haydock

15.30

Good To Firm

Betfred Temple Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £70887.5
  • 0m 5f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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Betfred Temple Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1152- D

Last run: 204 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Impressive last year on first two 2yo starts, winning Group 2 Queen Mary at Royal Ascot (5f, good to firm) on the second occasion; underwhelming favourite in the Group 2 Lowther (6f, good) in August and needs more than when second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (5.5f, firm), but she remains very lightly raced and could have more to offer now back at a bare 5f.
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13th

14

(14)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Dramatised

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

Last season's 2yo highlight was her Group 2 Queen Mary win at Royal Ascot (5f, good to firm) and she reappeared with a win in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock (5f, good to firm); well beaten in the King's Stand latest but she raced away from the main action; remains unexposed and not ruled out.

11/1

15th

19

(18)

20th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Dramatised

8st 12lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

All races have been on good or quicker ground and she has shown her best form over a bare 5f, when winning the Queen Mary at this meeting last summer and coming home with a rattle from Equilateral on return in a Group 2 at Haydock; raced on the favoured strip in the latter but has earned her place among the principals for this; good claims getting the allowances.

13/2

1st

14

(10)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Haydock

Dramatised

8st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: K R Burke

Impressive last year on first two 2yo starts, winning Group 2 Queen Mary at Royal Ascot (5f, good to firm) on the second occasion; underwhelming favourite in the Group 2 Lowther (6f, good) in August and needs more than when second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (5.5f, firm), but she remains very lightly raced and could have more to offer now back at a bare 5f.

5/1

2nd
4 (13)

20/1

  • Place: £5.20

Form: 87-884 D

Last run: 84 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Won Meydan Group 2 in February 2021 and returned from long absence with creditable fifth in last June's Group 1 King's Stand; some further solid runs in defeat since, most recently fourth of 15 in Group 3 at Meydan in March, but it seems likely he'll again find a few too good today.
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No Results Found

13/2

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 96-112 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Two wins in progressive 2022 (including on fast ground) and has continued to improve this spring, kicking off with 5f handicap wins at Lingfield (AW) and Pontefract (soft) before close second in Group 3 Palace House at Newmarket (5f, soft); this front-runner could be bang there once more.
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1st

3

(4)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Live In The Dream

9st 13lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Adam West

Kicked off this season with two all-the-way handicap wins and placed in Group 3 (5f, soft) and Group 2 (5f, good to firm) races next twice; another good run when close Listed fourth at Deauville (5f, very soft) recently; could show up well for a long way but likely to find a few too good.

33/1

3rd

6

(14)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Haydock

Live In The Dream

9st 6lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Adam West

Two wins in progressive 2022 (including on fast ground) and has continued to improve this spring, kicking off with 5f handicap wins at Lingfield (AW) and Pontefract (soft) before close second in Group 3 Palace House at Newmarket (5f, soft); this front-runner could be bang there once more.

13/2

2nd

8

(16)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

16:00 Newmarket

Live In The Dream

9st 9lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Adam West

Front-runs; made good progress at 5f and after just holding on from Arecibo on AW in March the difference between them was more marked at Pontefract (soft; has won on good to firm); less favourably treated today, and Sean Kirrane can't claim an allowance, but is still moving forward.

10/1

50/1

Form: 4906-7 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Soft ground may not have been ideal in the Group 3 Palace House on reappearance and he went close in the same race last year (5f, good); of interest on that performance but he's been unable to reproduce that form subsequently (including when fifth in this 12 months ago).
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7th

7

(10)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Existent

9st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Stuart Williams

Finished second of 12 at Goodwood in August (5f, good to soft) and four defeats later he's dropped 10lb; no doubting he has the ability to go well at this level but slow starts can be a problem and others look more reliable.

16/1

12th

6

(12)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:20 York

Existent

9st 5lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Stuart Williams

On a fair mark based on his second of 12 off 7lb higher at Goodwood (5f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month, but hasn't built on it and finished behind a couple of these in the Portland at Doncaster (5.6f, soft) seven days ago; record of 1-25 on turf another reason to be cautious; no headgear today.

25/1

14th

12

(3)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Existent

9st 1lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Stuart Williams

Has bobbed in and out of form all season and, although the handicapper is letting out the reins, he still doesn't look that well treated; sole turf win was back in 2020 and leaving off the hood is of unknown benefit.

22/1

11/1

Form: 12018- D

Last run: 237 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
There were a couple of blips in Group races last season but he may not have handled the track at Goodwood and very soft ground might not have suited in the Abbaye at Longchamp; enjoyed a progressive campaign otherwise, winning a Group 3 at Newbury (5f, good) in September, and this 4yo could still have more to offer for his top trainer; firmly in calculations.
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7th

3

(6)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Mitbaahy

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

High class at 5f on his day for Roger Varian and looked destined for bigger things when he sped past his rivals in a Sandown Listed race (good) in 2022; that didn't quite happen but he ended last season with a Chester win on soft and there was plenty to like about his reappearance in a Group 3 here (6f, good) for new yard 16 days ago; strong claims back at 5f.

5/2

7th

3

(6)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Mitbaahy

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

High class at 5f on his day for Roger Varian and looked destined for bigger things when he sped past his rivals in a Sandown Listed race (good) in 2022; that didn't quite happen but he ended last season with a Chester win on soft and there was plenty to like about his reappearance in a Group 3 here (6f, good) for new yard 16 days ago; strong claims back at 5f.

5/2

4th

5

(9)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Mitbaahy

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Record of 5-17 for Roger Varian, winning Listed contest at sharp Chester (6f, soft) on last appearance; all previous wins at 5f and he still has something to prove over this trip on stiff/galloping tracks.

16/1

11/1

Form: 57-461 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Close fourth in Group 1 Sprint Cup here (6f, good to firm) in September 2021 and runner-up in Meydan Group 1 (6f, good) last March; hasn't hit the same heights since but returned to winning ways in Listed race for fillies and mares at Bath (5f, good to soft) last month and she's not ruled out.
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8th

9

(2)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Happy Romance

9st 1lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

Ties in with Annaf on Portland form (finished 2l fourth); faced a much stiffer task in the Foret last Sunday (midfield); successful at this level in 2020/2021 but her subsequent strike-rate is underwhelming.

11/1

4th

4

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Happy Romance

9st 8lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Usually aimed high and appreciated the return to Listed race when winning mares' race at Bath in April (5f, good to soft; also suited by 6f on good or quicker); can be excused her two starts since but lacks a recent run and this is her first run in a handicap.

11/1

18

(11)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Happy Romance

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Richard Hannon

fourth two years ago

40/1

6/1

Form: /1163- D BF

Last run: 258 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Unplaced favourite in Group 1 Nunthorpe (5f, good to firm) last August and also needs to produce more than when third in French Group 3 (5f, soft) last September, when last seen; however, before those she was extremely impressive in a Listed race at York (5f, good to firm) and this very lightly raced 4yo could tap back into that abundant promise following a break.
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2nd

4

(7)

14th Jul 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:40 York

Royal Aclaim

9st 6lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Tate

All seven starts over 5f; made it 3-3 when very impressive in Listed race here last July; hasn't kicked on as might have been expected and while her Listed third in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Ayr three weeks ago was a step back in the right direction, she needs another here.

7/1

3rd

4

(4)

24th Jun 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:34 Ayr

Royal Aclaim

9st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: James Tate

Won her first three races, including a Listed contest at York (5f, good to firm) last summer; sixth of 13 when sent off favourite for the Group 1 Nunthorpe and only seventh of 13 on her return in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock (5f, good to firm) last month, but was racing on the unfavoured part of the track; major chance on these terms with cheekpieces given a go.

2/1

7th

11

(5)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Haydock

Royal Aclaim

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: James Tate

Unplaced favourite in Group 1 Nunthorpe (5f, good to firm) last August and also needs to produce more than when third in French Group 3 (5f, soft) last September, when last seen; however, before those she was extremely impressive in a Listed race at York (5f, good to firm) and this very lightly raced 4yo could tap back into that abundant promise following a break.

6/1

16/1

Form: -11134 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Better than ever on AW earlier this year, with two 6f Listed wins, and transferred that improvement back to turf when fourth in the Group 2 Duke Of York (6f, good) last week; that run can be upgraded as he was denied a clear run, and there can be optimism he'll be fine back down to 5f; each-way claims.
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2nd

1

(3)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 1

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Annaf

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

hampered start, in touch with leaders, headway up the centre and went second inside final furlong, ran on

7/2

1st

4

(8)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Annaf

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

Brings high-quality handicap form having won the Portland at Doncaster (5.5f, soft) most recently, holding on narrowly to beat Significantly who went one better in the Ayr Gold Cup next time; ran well in the King's Stand (5f, good) on last Ascot start; effective over 6f and holds strong claims back at Group level.

9/2

1st

1

(12)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Annaf

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

First run in a handicap since bursting clear on Polytrack in January; won next two starts (6f on AW) and some fine efforts in defeat in Group races on turf since, notably third of 17 in Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot (5f, good); has the ability to go well; the more the ground dries out the better.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1522-9 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Having been off since last June he was below his best in the Group 3 Palace House (5f, soft) three weeks ago; however, the ground wasn't in his favour and he has leading claims on last year's peak form, when second in both this (good) and the Group 1 King's Stand (5f, good to firm); key player.
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4th

6

(8)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Twilight Calls

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Henry Candy

Has a modest strike-rate for a horse of his ability but he wasn't beaten far in this race in 2022 and has finished second and fourth (Mitbaahy eighth) in the last two runnings of the Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot (good to firm and good); soft ground went against him in this last May but every chance he'll go well this time given more suitable ground.

7/2

4th

6

(8)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Twilight Calls

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Henry Candy

Has a modest strike-rate for a horse of his ability but he wasn't beaten far in this race in 2022 and has finished second and fourth (Mitbaahy eighth) in the last two runnings of the Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot (good to firm and good); soft ground went against him in this last May but every chance he'll go well this time given more suitable ground.

7/2

10th

6

(13)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Twilight Calls

9st 13lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Henry Candy

Runner-up in last season's King's Stand at Royal Ascot (5f, good to firm) and denied a clear run when creditable fourth in that same Group 1 last time (good); not ruled out each-way but this hold-up performer is clearly well suited by Ascot's stiff 5f and this speedier test may not be ideal.

14/1

Form: 78-504 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Not at his very best on final few runs last season and same story this year, initially in Dubai; however, his fourth in the Group 3 Palace House (5f, soft) three weeks ago was a step back in the right direction and he could build on it now back on better ground; won C&D Listed race (good) and Sandown Group 3 (5f, good to firm) last season and he's not ruled out.
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5th

1

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 34y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Raasel

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Michael Appleby

Tough sprinter who looks better than ever this season; cracking effort to win a Haydock handicap (5f, good) a fortnight ago and he bumped into a rapid improver at Doncaster on Saturday; effective on very soft ground and should make another bold bid.

9/4

2nd

2

(1)

17th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 1

16:10 Doncaster

Raasel

9st 13lb

J: William Buick

T: Michael Appleby

Solid form in Group races this year, notably his Goodwood third, and better than ever with his mighty weight-carrying effort in a good Haydock handicap last week; stayed on strongly off a good pace on that occasion to win with something to spare (good Topspeed figure); fully effective on soft and he's the one to beat on ratings; solid contender.

11/8

1st

1

(3)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Haydock

Raasel

10st 0lb

J: James Doyle

T: Michael Appleby

Yet to win in 2023 but not for a lack of effort, regularly acquitting himself with credit in top sprints; near his best when third in a Group 2 at Goodwood five weeks ago and that form looks rock solid; going back up 6lb does leave him with something to find on this year's handicap runs though.

7/1

11th
3 (1)

20/1

Form: 0213-0 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Career-best handicap form last autumn, including easy C&D win (good to soft); pulled hard when down the field on reappearance in Group 3 Palace House (5f, soft) and the first-time hood could help him settle; seems versatile ground-wise and further improvement is possible, but necessary in this field.
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No Results Found

Form: 34-450 D

Last run: 84 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Has popped up with the odd big run in 5f Group 1s, such as when third at 200-1 in last June's King's Stand; good Listed fourth at Meydan in January but not at the same level in Dubai the next twice and he's been beaten on his last 18 starts going back to August 2020; others make greater appeal.
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12th

10

(14)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Acklam Express

9st 0lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

Over three years since his last win; placed in Group 1 company over C&D last summer; bitterly disappointing this year, often finishing weakly, but he's plummeted down the weights and he now starts out for a new stable; carries obvious risk but it wouldn't be a bolt from the blue were he to win easily either.

9/1

11th

2

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Ascot

Acklam Express

9st 7lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

Hasn't won since his 2yo days; twice placed in Group 1 races since but seems to be on the downgrade this season and difficult to recommend despite a plunging mark.

20/1

10th

7

(3)

31st Aug 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

20:45 Newcastle (AW)

Acklam Express

9st 3lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

dwelt start, midfield

20/1

Form: 12210- D

Last run: 204 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Enjoyed excellent 2yo campaign, including in Group 1s when receiving lots of weight from older horses, finishing second in the Nunthorpe (5f, good to firm) and winning the Abbaye (5f, very soft); can be excused Breeders' Cup flop; sold out of Richard Fahey's yard for 1,200,000gns in November; carries 5lb penalty on return but this front-runner has to be respected.
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13th

13

(7)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Haydock

The Platinum Queen

9st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Roger Varian

Enjoyed excellent 2yo campaign, including in Group 1s when receiving lots of weight from older horses, finishing second in the Nunthorpe (5f, good to firm) and winning the Abbaye (5f, very soft); can be excused Breeders' Cup flop; sold out of Richard Fahey's yard for 1,200,000gns in November; carries 5lb penalty on return but this front-runner has to be respected.

7/2

2nd

7

(7)

11th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 1

13:35 Doncaster

The Platinum Queen

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

led, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, faced challenge inside final 110yds, kept on well but headed post

6/4

Form: 1135-8 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 4yo who won three handicaps last season (including over C&D); respectable midfield finish in the Group 3 Palace House (5f, soft) on reappearance and open to further improvement, but has plenty to find here.
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12

(12)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Haydock

Sandbeck

9st 3lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Lightly raced 4yo who won three handicaps last season (including over C&D); respectable midfield finish in the Group 3 Palace House (5f, soft) on reappearance and open to further improvement, but has plenty to find here.

100/1

8th

16

(4)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

16:00 Newmarket

Sandbeck

9st 6lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Edward Bethell

Won first three 5f handicaps (all on good) as a 3yo but she wasn't obviously ahead of her mark on final two starts, meaning she faces a particularly tough reappearance at the weights; first-time cheekpieces.

40/1

5th

17

(18)

16th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 1

15:10 Ayr

Sandbeck

9st 0lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Edward Bethell

midfield, ridden over 1f out, ran on final furlong

12/1

Non-runners

Sandbeck

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £77.90
Straight Forecast £89.73
Tricast £429.15
Trifecta £835.30

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Twilight Calls

TOPSPEED:

Dramatised

NEWMARKET:

Royal Aclaim

POSTDATA:

Happy Romance

Daily Record:

The Platinum Queen

SPOTLIGHT:

Annaf

Daily Mirror:

Live In The Dream

The Guardian:

Dramatised

The Star:

Dramatised

The Times:

Royal Aclaim

Telegraph:

Royal Aclaim

D Express:

Happy Romance

LAMBOURN:

Twilight Calls

Daily Mail:

Twilight Calls

The Sun:

Twilight Calls